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Quotes About Tragedy

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Friedrich Nietzsche
“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

George Orwell
“Tragedy, he precieved, belonged to the ancient time, to a time when there were still privacy, love, and friendship, and when the members of a family stood by one another without needing to know the reason.”
George Orwell, 1984

Henry David Thoreau
“The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.”
Henry David Thoreau

Roland Merullo
“I felt I was drawing close to that age, that place in life, where you realize one day what you'd told yourself was a Zen detachment turns out to be naked fear. You'd had one serious love relationship in your life and it had ended in tragedy, and the tragedy had broken something inside you. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. You hurt no one. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be.”
Roland Merullo, A Little Love Story

R.J. Gonzales
“A flower bloomed already wilting. Beginning its life with an early ending.”
R.J. Gonzales, Mundahlia

Tasha Alexander
“You've faced horrors in these past weeks... I don't know which is worse. The terror you feel the first time you witness such things, or the numbness that comes after it starts to become ordinary.”
Tasha Alexander, A Fatal Waltz

Eric Jerome Dickey
“People know your tragedies and they treat you like
you’re not human. Like you’re a three-headed goat. A monster from some other planet. They keep reminding you of your pain.
You see how they look at me? They’re stuck on that person I used to be. They can’t see that old life as just a moment in time that I’ve moved on from. It was a horrible life.”
Eric Jerome Dickey, Genevieve

Steven Weinberg
“The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. ”
Steven Weinberg

Banana Yoshimoto
“And when something awful happens, the goodness stands out even more ...”
Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake

Chuck Palahniuk
“Disaster is a natural part of my evolution toward tragedy and dissolution.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Richelle E. Goodrich
“In a world plagued with commonplace tragedies, only one thing exists that truly has the power to save lives, and that is love.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

“As a rule, we don't like to feel to sad or lonely or depressed. So why do we like music (or books or movies) that evoke in us those same negative emotions? Why do we choose to experience in art the very feelings we avoid in real life?

Aristotle deals with a similar question in his analysis of tragedy. Tragedy, after all, is pretty gruesome. […] There's Sophocles's Oedipus, who blinds himself after learning that he has killed his father and slept with his mother. Why would anyone watch this stuff? Wouldn't it be sick to enjoy watching it? […] Tragedy's pleasure doesn't make us feel "good" in any straightforward sense. On the contrary, Aristotle says, the real goal of tragedy is to evoke pity and fear in the audience. Now, to speak of the pleasure of pity and fear is almost oxymoronic. But the point of bringing about these emotions is to achieve catharsis of them - a cleansing, a purification, a purging, or release. Catharsis is at the core of tragedy's appeal.”
Brandon W. Forbes, Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive

Angela Carter
“Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.”
Angela Carter, Wise Children

Lawrence Durrell
“You see, nothing matters except pleasure - which is the opposite of happiness, its tragic part, I expect.”
Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

Julie Metz
“I had hoped that the rest of the world would stand still while I got myself together again, but Chaos and Tragedy had marched into other lives close to mine as well.”
Julie Metz, Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal

William Shakespeare
“Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, And we are for the Dark.”
William Shakespeare

“The search for Jesus is about reconciling loss and tragedy to God and us.”
W. Scott Lineberry

Kedar Joshi
“History is orphan. It can speak, but cannot hear. It can give, but cannot take. Its wounds and tragedies can be read and known, but cannot be avoided or cured.”
Kedar Joshi

“We may be helpless to stop bad things from happening, but perhaps God leaves us signs and road maps to help us recover and reconnect, provided we know where to look.”
Jennifer Gardner Trulson, Where You Left Me

Kedar Joshi
“The most fundamental tragedy of my life is that the ones who I see do not exist
and the one who exists I do not see.”
Kedar Joshi

David Mamet
“Every reiteration of the idea that _nothing matters_ debases the human spirit.

Every reiteration of the idea that there is no drama in modern life, there is only dramatization, that there is no tragedy, there is only unexplained misfortune, debases us. It denies what we know to be true. In denying what we know, we are as a nation which cannot remember its dreams--like an unhappy person who cannot remember his dreams and so denies that he does dream, and denies that there are such things as dreams.”
David Mamet, Writing in Restaurants: Essays and Prose

Sara Zarr
“It's like a Venn diagram of tragedy.”
Sara Zarr, Once Was Lost

David Gemmell
“We make choices every day, some of them good, some of them bad. And if we are strong enough, we live with the consequences.”
David Gemmell

Cassandra Clare
“You know that feeling," she said, "when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing close around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage, and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

Richard Paul Evans
“There's a problem with marrying up. You always worry that someday they'll see through you and leave. Or, worse yet, someone better will come along and take her. In my case, it wasn't someone. And it wasn't something better.”
Richard Paul Evans, The Walk

Jean Anouilh
“It bothered me that whatever was waiting wasn't waiting for me”
Jean Anouilh, Antigone

“Whatever the response to loss and tragedy, the experience seems to boil down to one journey--searching for Jesus.”
W. Scott Lineberry

Robert M. Price
“One hardly need believe that the events in your life are actually planned as bolts from the blue, sent special delivery from a deity who is testing and training you like a lab rat! And that is what we are saying when we fretfully ask, "What can God be trying to teach me through this tragedy?”
Robert M. Price

Kristina McMorris
“Were prayers of murderers, when fighting on the “right side” of the war, ever heard—let alone answered?”
Kristina McMorris, Letters From Home

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